Kathmandu, April 8

The time between noon and 6:00pm is more vulnerable to crimes, say statistics published by the Nepal Police.

As much as 32.11 per cent of a total 28,563 crimes reported in the fiscal 2015/16 occurred between noon and 6:00pm, followed by 28.79 per cent 6:00pm and midnight, 24.13 per cent between midnight and 6:00am, and 14.98 per cent between 6:00am and noon.

Officials said more crime incidents were reported in the six hours after noon because alcohol-related crimes increase during the period.

While breaking down the crimes by days of the week, police have recorded that 16.52 per cent of crimes occur on Friday, 15.55 per cent on Saturday, 13.85 per cent on Thursday, 13.84 per cent on Tuesday, 13.54 per cent on Wednesday, 13.52 per cent on Monday, and 13.17 per cent on Sunday.

The month of June recorded the highest crime rate with 10.45 per cent, followed by July with 10.09 per cent, April 9.24 per cent, May 9 per cent, August 8.71 per cent, September 8.34 per cent, March 8.12 per cent, December 7.79 per cent, January 7.21 per cent, November 7.12 per cent, October 7.10 per cent, and February 6.83 per cent.

Police said more crimes were recorded during the rainy season (June-July) as monsoon is an ideal time for criminals, mostly burglars, as the burglary is often masked by the sound of rain.

Cyber crime has also become a threat to personal security and dignity with more people having access to Internet

According to the data with the police, Kathmandu district had the highest crime rate in the country in 2015/16. Kathmandu, the most populated city and the country’s capital, recorded as many as 4,917 crimes during the fiscal period.

The other 10 districts most vulnerable to crime are Sunsari (1,441 crimes in the fiscal 2015/16), Chitwan (1,241), Jhapa (1,196), Rupandehi (1,179), Kaski (958), Morang (945), Lalitpur (902), Banke (744), and Parsa (706).

Social crimes, domestic violence, and burglary are the biggest problems facing cities. Murder, attempted murder, fraud, human trafficking, rape, attempted rape, kidnapping, drugs smuggling, robbery, dealing in small arms, theft, cyber crime, and social crimes remain the main challenges to law and order in urban life.

Cyber crime has also become a threat to personal security and dignity with more people having access to Internet and social networking sites, said the data.

“Though the police have uncovered some interesting albeit not shocking patterns of crime in the country, we would like to stress that crimes can take place at any time and at any place. Therefore, it is important for the general public to adopt appropriate measures against potential crimes,” said SSP Sarbendra Khanal, Nepal Police spokesperson.